At 6 months of age, your baby’s iron needs are 11 milligrams per day (growing from less than 1 milligram per day). This requirement can be met with a combination of iron-fortified infant formula and iron-rich foods.
If you are breastfeeding your baby, iron-rich food sources become even more important, as the iron in breast milk alone will not meet your baby’s everyday needs. Introduce iron-fortified whole grain cereals, pureed beef, pureed beans, and iron-rich vegetables as part of the daily diet for your baby.
Beginning at age 2, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends either 1% low-fat milk or skim milk for the majority of children.
Reviewed by Dr. Sara Connolly, September 2020